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August 2015

Simple summer upgrades

home wreckers

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Q+A

upgrades

ALL ABOUT Garden Fountains

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Simple summer upgrades

home wreckers

Bad homeowner habits could be undermining your house. Here's how to nip serial “oopses" in the bud—and how to make them right

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Ask THIS OLD HOUSE

Q+A

Q What should I look for in a garden trowel? —JENETHA WILLIAMS, MARTINSBURG, W.VA. A Durability and comfort should be at the top of the list. A trowel with a forged one-piece blade and tang, like the one at top left, will stand up better to vigorous prying and digging than the colorful stamped-steel ones also shown here. And you’ll get a much better grip on a bare-wood handle than on one of painted metal.
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upgrades

ALL ABOUT Garden Fountains

Adding the pleasing sights and sounds of flowing water to your backyard can transform it into a relaxing retreat from workaday stress or the yappy dog next door

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Simple Summer Upgrades

Carefree Cottage

A designer with an eye for a find gives her humble 1920s house a clean and pretty look

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weekend remodel

Revive a beat-up deck

Coat cracked and dried-out boards with sand-impregnated paint to bring them back to life

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landscaping

Curbside gardening

Turn the struggling ribbon of lawn between the sidewalk and the street into a glorious garden with tough, easy-care plants

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Simple summer upgrades

GARDEN ORNAMENTS

Here’s how landscape designer Wesley Rouse creates showstopping moments in his home garden using a variety of decorative accents

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Reader mail

After your June 2015 issue featured more wonderful outdoor living spaces [“Great Outdoor Getaways”], I had to write. They all look very beautiful, and they’re full of ideas. However, if you share outdoor living spaces with mosquitoes, forget anything without screens! We have had a deck for years but unfortunately can use it only in early spring and after the first frost in fall.
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build it or buy it

Three-tiered bath stand

A stand-alone piece with a trio of shelves provides a handsome platform for toiletries and such

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shopping

Glass cabinet knobs

Delicate crystalline hard ware brings a sense of history— and often a welcome dose of color—to drawers and doors

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